Phage  Applications


The bacteriophages studied and produced by the Eliava Institute combat numerous strains of microorganisms, allowing them to be used successfully in a wide range of treatment applications. Their most important application is in medicine, where they offer relief and hope to thousands of people suffering from infection and disease and superbugs like  MRSA and ESBL. They also contribute to veterinary medicine, agriculture, industry and to the defense against bioterrorism.













Medical Applications

Phages are natural predators of bacteria and thus can be used for treatment of any medical conditions complicated by bacterial infections.. Phages have been successfully used for treatment of infections caused by:

  • Enterococci 

  • Escherichia Coli 
  • Proteus 
  • Pseudomonas 
  • Salmonella 
  • Shigella 
  • Staphylococcus 
  • Streptococci        

 and other microorganisms.

They are not effective for Lyme’s disease or other intracellular bacteria.

Phages can treat:

  • Infectious skin diseases such as acne, furunculosis, carbunculosis, and pyodermitis
  • Wounds, burns, ulcers, and sores, complicated by different infections
  • Oral cavity infections such as stomatitis and gingivitis
  • Nasopharyngeal and eye infections such as tonsilitis, pharyngitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, conjunctivitis
  • Intestinal infections including dysentery, salmonellosis, colitis, and dyspepsia
  • Genito-urinary infections including chronic bladder infections and prostatitis
  • Cystic fibrosis complications
  • Infections associated with weakened immune system due to steroid use, radiation therapy, cancer treatment, immunosuppressive medications , or other medical conditions such as acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Surgical infections including complicated infected prosthetics and osteomyelitis


The unique Bacteriophage library, selected and produced by the Eliava Institute during more than 90 years does include Phages against numerous strains of microorganisms like:

Enterococci: including Enterococci faecalis of different serovars

Esherichia Coli: including E.Coli O11, O18, O20, O25, O26, O44, O55, O113, O125, O128 etc.

Proteus, including : P.Vulgaris, P. Mirabilis

Pseudomona: Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

Salmonella, including: S.S. Paratyphi A, Paratyphi B, Typhimurium, Enteritidis, Heidelberg, Newport ,
Cholerae Suis, Oranienburg, Dublin, Anatum, etc.

Shigella, Including : Sh. Flexneri ( serovars 1,2,3,4), Sonnei ( 6), Newcastle

Staphylococcus, including: S.S. Aureus, Epidermidis, Saprophyticus

Streptococci, including : Streptococcus Pyogenes, Sanguis, Salivarius,

and much more.